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Bent Larsen vs Anatoly Karpov
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 9, Aug-30
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Flexible Line (A28)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-22-20  Howard: CL&R said that Larsen had a won position against Karpov in this game, but then one of Karpov's entourage who was watching the game, suddenly demanded that it be moved to another table for some reason.

Larsen was a bit upset about it, but he complied. But, he only ended up drawing the game.

Jan-22-20  Petrosianic: And Larsen blew a win because the game was moved, you say? That seems a bit odd. Larsen usually wasn't the kind to get rattled by that kind of thing (Korchnoi, definitely). So, moving the game in order to rattle him seems like a long shot.

But first things first. Where is the win?

Jan-22-20  ZonszeinP: The a pawn looks threatening

But of course

That doesn't prove anything

Jan-23-20  Petrosianic: Yeah, it looks threatening. But if White ever had anything, I'm pretty sure it's gone by this point. Black's King is just so much more active.
Jan-23-20  vonKrolock: When exactly the game was moved to another table?! 27.♖b8, for instance, looks better than the text move, but even so, not bringing a won position...
Jan-26-20  ZonszeinP: I like 27-dxe5
Followed by Rc5 or perhaps by Rd1 is even better

But then, that was more or less Larsen's plan

He didn't win...

Mar-05-21  Caissanist: Here is the text of what Walter Browne wrote in CL&R. Unfortunately he doesn't say which move it was: <Larsen had built up a winning position against Karpov but was running a little short of time. The referee came over quite unexpectedly and told Larsen he would have to move to another table because Karpov's bodyguard (specially flown in from Moscow) made a complaint!! Larsen, in stunned disbelief, dumbfoundedly agreed. He erred immediately and Karpov escaped.>
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  keypusher: At a very deep search, SF11 scores <VonKrolock>'s 27.Rb8 at +1.81 (79 ply). Here's the main line, which I haven't looked at with a board. See what you think.

<27. Rb8 h6 28. dxe5 dxe5 29. Nf3 Re6 30. Ra8 Bb6 31. a5 Ba7 32. Rb1 c5 33. Nc3 c4 34. Rb5 e4 35. Ne5 Rc7 36. Rd8 Ra6 37. Re8 Kf6 38. g4 Kg7 39. gxf5 gxf5 40. Rb1 h5 41. Nb5 Rb7 42. Nxc4>

SF thinks White still has an advantage with 28.Rdc1, basically retracting his last move, but I suppose it wasn't very likely Larsen would do that. After de, 29.e4 forces the draw, as shown in the game.

Mar-06-21  Z legend 000000001: <Caissanist> can you tell us which issue of CL&R please?
Mar-06-21  Z legend 000000001: Cancel that, I found it in the next year's issues - <CL&R Jan 1976 p12>.
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  fredthebear: 4.d3 marks the Flexible Line. The first such Flexible A28 game in the database was also drawn: Fine vs J Araiza Munoz, 1932
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  Troller: <The tournament board consisted of Ferrantes, who only speaks Italian, and the very nice International Master Paoli who was quite weak and confused. That definitely cost Smejkal half a point against Ljubojevic and me a half-point against Karpov.>

Bent Larsen in "Skakbladet" November 1975. He does not go into further specifics though.

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